It’s truly difficult to believe, and only serves to reinforce the general viewpoint held by the rest of the world, but the evidence is irrefutable: Americans are, by and large, selfish, self-centered, bigoted, and above all, totally stupid.
Now, it has to be said, such generalizations are open to criticism. There are exceptions, but from my experience the exceptions tend to hold similar views about their fellow countrymen, to the ones expressed above.
All his life Ted Kennedy worked for and supported the people of Massachusetts. For thirty years he battled to bring healthcare reform to the citizens of America. The recent election in that state, brought about by Kennedy’s death, should have resulted in a massive vote of support for his successor, and the Democratic party to which Ted Kennedy belonged.
Instead, with Kennedy still not cold in his grave, the people of Massachusetts sold out their longtime senator, voting into office a Republican, Scott Brown, (see photo above) who has denounced the Healthcare Reform Bill as ‘fiscally unsound’, and is determined to ensure it won’t become law. By voting him into office, the people of Massachusetts delivered him the means to achieve that, by tilting the balance of power in the Senate sufficient to prevent the necessary majority.
Why, one has to ask? The answer is one of self-centered interest. Massachusetts already has its own state healthcare legislation, so the subject is hardly the issue in Massachusetts it is in the rest of the nation. Like most working class Americans, the people of Massachusetts have suffered from the recession and wish to selfishly punish the present federal government for their hardships. Yet the recession was directly attributable to the policies of the previous Republican administration. In fact, the banking crisis occurred during the eighth year of George W Bush’s presidency, but the people of Massachusetts who voted Republican yesterday are too stupid to comprehend that, along with many other Americans suffering similar frontal lobe necrosis.
Scott Brown and his family have no worries over healthcare, even without the Massachusetts’ legislation. He and his wife own a 3,000-square-foot primary home, a 2,000-square foot summer home in Rye, New Hampshire, three condos in Boston, and a timeshare on the Caribbean island of Aruba.
Not that the present administration under Barack Obama’s presidency have achieved a great deal in their first year. All talk and no substance may well prove the epithet that describes the Obama presidency when we eventually look back and reflect on the matter.
The earthquake that flattened much of Haiti could soon become Obama’s ‘Hurricane Katrina’ if matters on that island don’t drastically and rapidly improve.
One week ago, he stepped up to a microphone and told the world that America would be ‘taking the lead’ in providing earthquake relief. So far, American leadership has resulted in red tape and confusion at the Port au Prince airport that senior aid workers have today described as, “…… a crippling lack of leadership and coordination”.
A representative of ‘Medicins sans Frontier’ told the BBC that local people were digging their loved ones out of the rubble only to have them die in hospital because drugs and medical equipment were not being released from the airport. Five major aid shipments had, for unfathomable reasons, been diverted to the Dominican Republic. Damaged roads and infrastructure meant it would take days to get it from there to where it was needed, back in Haiti
When British soldiers returned home at the end of WW2, it became something of a standing joke in the bars and pubs they frequented: when asked what they thought of the Americans, they invariably praised the ordinary GI’s, but if questioned about the US command structure, would spit thoughtfully on the ground, and say, “Couldn’t organize a piss-up in a brewery, that lot.”
It seems, in the America of the 21st century, nothing has changed for the better.
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